Our book marking the
50th anniversary of the club is still available from A.M.Grieves,
Newsagents, High Street, Moffat. Alternatively you can order
by post and for this you should contact Iain directly for
an order form and pricing information. We also have souvenir
button badges (50p each) and car window stickers (£1.50
each) showing the new club logo. These are only available
from A.M.Grieves and, again, mail order can be accommodated
if you contact Iain.
If you wish to join our club (and
new members are very welcome) you can now download an application
form from here.
The form is in Microsoft Word format so should be readily
viewable. The forms will also be available per the usual
We have posted a warning regarding
a serious computer risk. It can be found in the 2013 archive
or by clicking on this link (computer
1st March 2014
Jock Dicerbo, our President ever since the Wildlife
Club started in 1961, reached his 80th Birthday two
weeks ago (15th Feb). By way of a celebration, the committee
laid on a small get-together that night. We presented him
with a carving by Peter Bowsher depicting a Gannet, much
to his delight. There were numerous photos taken and these
have now become available so here is a very small selection
of them. It was unfortunate that not all committee members
were able to attend as, by all accounts, it was a very enjoyable
20th February 2014
Another update - last Sunday/Monday, Jean Hunter-Grant
while walking her dog Nell, spotted nine Grey Herons alight
from a small pond between Milton Farm and Murthat. Also
in the area was a small roost of 26 Starling using a fir
tree to roost in. This morning, 20th February, Garry Tait
was at the Community Reserve and there were 30 Oystercatchers,
with a dozen or so using the floating rafts, and 6 Lapwing
in the area which was good to see.
John noted today Song Thrushes singing away heartily, one
on the trees bordering Merkland & Greenwood Close, another
on the trees beside Mill Green on Well Road.
19th February 2014
There are signs that birds are starting to pair
off, a Woodpecker was heard drumming at Dyke Farm today
and a number of Oystercatchers were heard calling over the
town tonight. All signs that spring just might be on its
way - or is that wishful thinking?
Our Reserve Development page has been updated with a summary
of recent work.
18th February 2014
As most of you will be aware, this has been a very
quiet winter season for bird sightings. Here is a summary
from Iain on what little has been reported to him so far
this year -
Since the start of 2014 there have been a number of people
reporting very small numbers of Bramblings visiting their
gardens. On 6th January, Scott Little had 5 Lesser Redpoll
in his garden at Beattock. A fortnight later Scott saw two
Oystercatchers down the APR Road and Garry saw one passing
over Moffat on the 28th. Garry reported a number of Red
Kite sightings between Moffat and Lockerbie. Clive Ottowell
had two good sightings of a Green Sandpiper and a Water
Rail at Lochbrow on the River Annan near Johnstonebridge.
At the Reserve on the 29th two Raven flew over while a Kestrel
has been wintering in the area. On 1st February Grace Saunders
from Beattock reported a Brambling in her garden and on
the 7th Garry had a flock of 17 Brambling near The Yett
farm at Johnstonebridge. At the Community Reserve two or
three Oystercatchers have been using the floating rafts
while small numbers of waterfowl can be seen at times including
Mute Swans, Goosander, Cormorant and Tufted Ducks.
4th February 2014
Andy Riches has sent the annual reports for Castle
& Hightae Lochs for 2013. These have been posted and
you can view them here. They are all in PDF format so Adobe
Acrobat Reader is required.
& Hightae Loch LNR Report 2013
Maxima Castle Loch
Maxima Castle Loch
Andy is asking for any last records to go into the 2013
D&G County Mammal Report. If you have any records that
you want included that have not already been sent to him
then now is the time! Reports of all mammals, from mice
to stags, are welcomed - they all go to making up the full
picture. You can email reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also John has now posted his graphs for bird sightings
in Greenwood Close for the five years of 2009 through to
2013 and has expanded it a little from previous years. This
is also in PDF format.
The long spell of wet weather has hampered work down at
the reserve lately. However, numerous nestboxes have been
refurbished and put up, along with a number of brand new
ones. We have also made a start gravelling one of the islands
but this will be a long job!
On the wildlife front there has been very little to report.
Our winter visitors have been conspicuously absent this
year although still a few Fieldfare going about.
5th January 2014
The recent spell of atrocious weather has done no serious
damage on the reserve. There has been some flooding but,
beyond dislodging some pathway logs, has been fairly minor.
We have been painstaking in keeping our drainage ditches
clear and it looks as if that has made a huge difference.
Recent work (beyond replacing logs!) has been on replacing
old nestboxes and adding some new ones. The 'boys' seem
to be doing fine without John's help (suffering from a back
Numerous smallish flocks of geese were seen this morning
over Moffat, going in a northerly direction. It is likely
that their normal feeding areas are waterlogged and they
are seeking new ones. It is a bit early for migration yet.
11th December 2013
Another bird has been added to our lists - a Dipper
was seen on the reserve this morning. This is quite unexpected
as the habitat is not one that these birds are likely to
visit, they prefer fast flowing water..
All the earlier entries for 2013
have been moved to the Archives.